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Fire in the Minds of Men

By Wayne Allensworth - DECEMBER 08, 2017

Recently, we marked the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, an event sparked by the revolutionary fire in the minds of men that has burned for as long as there have been men on the earth.  In the modern era, revolution ignited in France in the 18th century.  It caught fire again in 1848, inspiring anarchists and Marxist revolutionaries intent on remaking the world.

Today’s Russian authorities seem not quite able or willing to deal with the anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik “Red October” Revolution head-on, fraught as it is with painful memories that many would rather not revisit, while a significant contingent of Russians continues to take pride in the Soviet past, or at least in the parts of it they care to recall.

In the United States, members of the “Resistance,” comprising hipster would-be Bolsheviks and their minority allies, are live-action role-playing the imagined glories of the revolutionary past, wrapping themselves in the red banner, while the embers of what James H. Billington called “the revolutionary faith”     :snip: 


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Victims of the red revolution: The haunting faces of prisoners worked to death in Stalin's slave camps emerge as 100th anniversary of 1917 Bolshevik takeover approaches

Via David
The bodies of hundreds of Polish people lie dead in a mass grave in Katyn, Poland. By the time the last Soviet gulag closed its gates, millions had died. Some worked themselves to death, some had starved, and others were simply dragged out into the woods and shot 

Trudging through mud in sub-zero temperatures, digging the earth with their bare hands and heaving huge rocks with the most primitive of tools, these horrifying photos have revealed life inside Joseph Stalin's gulag prisons, where people were worked to death in Soviet labour camps through the mid-1900s. 
This year marks 100 years since the 1917 Russian Revolution, which led to Vladimir Lenin taking control of the Soviet Union. When Lenin died in 1924, Stalin rose to power and became the state's authoritarian leader. :snip: 
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